Lovin' Spoonful

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2000

Inducted by: John Mellencamp

Nominated in: 2000

First Eligible: 1991 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Steve Boone, Joe Butler, John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2019 (ranked #268) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Do You Believe In Magic? (1965)
Summer In The City (1966)
Daydream (1966)

Lovin' Spoonful @ Wikipedia

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No comments for the Lovin' Spoonful yet? Love the group. Great songs. My favourite is "Build Me Up Buttercup." Wooooo. Good thing they're inducted.

Posted by :] on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 11:35am

They didn't even sing "Build Me Up, Buttercup" that was the Foundations.

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 12:33pm

It's called a "cover" Brian

Posted by Seven on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 12:41pm

Since they broke up in 1968 and the song was written that year they didn't do a cover of it anywhere that I could find.

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:01pm

Well I don't know. I heard of a cover somewhere

Posted by Seven on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:16pm

I've never heard of a Lovin' Spoonful cover of "Build Me Up Buttercup" but I'm guessing ":]" knows what he/she/it is talking about if it's his/her "favourite" song!!

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 15:19pm

At least I hope so...

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 15:20pm

We should start discussing songs we know are Lovin' Spoonful songs. Like "Summer In the City" and "Do You Believe In Magic" for starters.

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 15:25pm

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris

Posted by kfz versicherung vergleich on Thursday, 10.28.10 @ 00:29am

Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If John Sebastian were to write a song with Neil Finn of Crowded House, it would be called....

What is Darling Better Be Home Soon?

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 02.10.11 @ 02:31am

I wonder what makes the Hall decide to pick one similar act over another, take the Lovin' Spoonful for instance. They were a solid pop rock/folk rock outfit who belted out a few classic tunes from their era. However, the exact same description could be applied to the Turtles. So why are the Spoonful in and not the Turtles? I like the Spoonful so I'm not complaining, but still.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 05:45am

The Lovin' Spoonful aren't bad, but I find them a very questionable inductee. Very successful for a 2-3 year period before breaking up, not really innovative, and not much of an influence. Somebody should explain this one to me.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 10.22.11 @ 17:41pm

The Lovin' Spoonful will always remain one of the puzzling inductions in the RRHOF's history. Sure, the Spoonful scored some popular hits which still enjoy frequent airplay on oldies stations and the occasional movie soundtrack, but they were hardly a major band.

As far as influence is concerned, the only tidbit I've been able to dig up is The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream" influenced Paul McCartney in writing "Good Day Sunshine."

I still wonder: Does The Lovin' Spoonful's induction set a precedent for other '60s bubblegum pop acts like The McCoys and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap to be inducted? The RRHOF hasn't rushed to induct either of those groups or others of their ilk and most likely never will, but stranger things have happened.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 07.4.12 @ 23:46pm

Yeah I don't get this. Sure they were successful but they weren't innovative and had very little influence.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.5.12 @ 14:22pm

I saw John Sebastian play tonight in my town. I've always enjoyed the music of Lovin' Spoonful and the voice of Sebastians, so it was more than a thrill to see him live, and get my picture taken with him! Most of us know during the mid-1960s they were a hit-making machine and John had left the group in 1968 for a solo career. He would play Woodstock on short notice, and years later he would be back at #1 with the theme song for 'Welcome Back Kotter'. He told many stories about his good days of the Lovin' Spoonful, which kind of made me wonder why he never got back together with them again. He would, of course, reunite with them in 2000 for their HOF induction (believed to be the last time they played with Zal). It was a great show overall, and I wish I could have asked him plenty of questions about his career.

Unlike the others, I believe the Spoonful deserved their induction into the HOF. I also wonder where are the other non-British 60s bands? Too few were put in. Sure you got the most important like the Mamas & the Papas and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 2000 was I believe the last year they put more than 6 in the HOF, if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 11.6.15 @ 00:12am

Great you got to see him, Jason! Hope I get to some time. Best wishes!

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 11.6.15 @ 07:19am

Sebastian is also known, or unknown, as the blues harmonica player for the Doors classic "Roadhouse", for which he specifically asked not to be identified.

Posted by M L Suretell on Wednesday, 06.22.16 @ 14:09pm

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